Here's a good article on Ars Technica about Indie Bands selling their music direct to the public:
Indie bands talk digital music and life without the labelsComplete article.
By Jacqui Cheng | Published: August 12, 2008 - 11:05PM CT
A new era of music
Online music is a complex and constantly-morphing beast, especially from the perspective of the bands and artists who create it. For small indie bands, that beast can be quite a challenge to wrangle. Without a label and a team of execs whose entire job it is to make sure your stuff is everywhere it should be, dealing with all the intricacies of online music sales is just one (or 20) more thing(s) to do—on top of making sure the proceeds from that last show will pay your rent. But times, they are a' changin', and if the artists who've recently shared their digital music industry experiences with us are any indication, indie bands are becoming increasingly savvy at navigating the online music world. From distribution to promotion to actually making money, indie bands are doing more than just getting by without the major labels—they're actually thriving.
[Ed. note. Someone on Slashdot was asking for 'backup' to prove that it's true that recording artists could earn as little as 2 cents royalty. I found this illustration, in which the artist sold 500,000 albums and was entitled to no royalty. The only thing atypical about it is that it is rare to sell 500,000 albums. -R.B.]
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